Slumping Nolan Arenado is due back in the Colorado Rockies‘ lineup

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Slumping Nolan Arenado is due back in the Colorado Rockies‘ lineup

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Sunday for the rubber game of their series with the Los Angeles Dodgers.Arenado did not play Saturday when the Rockies increased their lead over the Dodgers in the National League West to 1 1/2 games with a 4-2 victory.In the race for the second NL wild-card spot Ben Zobrist Jersey , the Dodgers trail the St. Louis Cardinals by one game.Article continues below ...Two left-handers will oppose each other Sunday — Tyler Anderson (6-7, 4.80 ERA) of the Rockies against the Dodgers’ Rich Hill (7-5, 3.73).Rockies manager Bud Black said giving Arenado a breather was “the right thing to do” even though it is September and the Rockies and Dodgers are battling for first place in the division.Arenado, an all-star third baseman, is 5-for-39 in his past 10 games, with three doubles and three RBIs, and hitless in his past 13 at-bats.“We felt giving Nolan this start off might help him move forward,” Black said. “Offensively, he just doesn’t feel right. The timing’s off. There’s some other things going on.”Namely lingering soreness in his right shoulder, which Arenado said he feels only when throwing.“It doesn’t hurt hitting,” Arenado said. “Throwing, it does. It’s not 100 percent throwing. It’s not going to be good throwing probably until the year is over, until next season. Those questions (about the shoulder), hopefully we can stop with those ones. I have to deal with it. I can play through it, and I’m going to continue to play through it.”Black told Arenado that he would not start Saturday after Friday night’s game in which he went 0-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts http://www.chicagocubsteamshop.com/auth ... zzo-jersey , and didn’t hit the ball out of the infield.“I don’t make those calls,” Arenado said of Black’s decision to rest him for a day. “I don’t want it. But I’m not playing well. That’s why I’m not playing today.“It’s obviously extremely disappointing. I don’t make the lineup. I want to be out there. I voiced that. But at the same time, I’m not performing. It is what it is.”Before Monday, the Rockies had lost seven straight games started by Anderson, and he was 0-4 with an 8.31 ERA in those outings. That losing streak ended in Anderson’s no-decision Monday when the Rockies beat the San Francisco Giants 9-8. Anderson allowed six hits and three runs in 5 1/3 innings with no walks and seven strikeouts.Anderson has made 10 straight starts without a win since his last victory July 4. The Rockies are 11-17 when he takes the mound.Anderson is 1-0 with a 2.84 ERA in three starts against the Dodgers this year, the last Aug. 9 at Coors Field in a no-decision when he held them to one run and four hits in six innings in Colorado’s 8-5 loss. In 10 career starts against the Dodgers, Anderson is 3-3 with a 3.81 ERA.The Dodgers were originally scheduled to start left-hander Alex Wood on Sunday and pitch Hill on Monday in Cincinnati but flipped those assignments. Hill will be working on regular rest after winning his last start Tuesday against the New York Mets when he gave up four runs in six innings of the Dodgers’ 11-4 victory.The Dodgers are 9-10 in starts this season by Hill. Two of the losses came against the Rockies, and Hill was 0-1 with a 2,13 ERA in those games, one of which was at Coors Field. He is 0-4 with a 5.45 ERA in six career starts versus Colorado, including 0-2 with a 7.17 ERA in four career starts.Like Hill, Wood has a poor history at Coors Field, where his career ERA is 9.75. But he has a 1.32 ERA in two starts at Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park, where he will start on extra rest for the 20th time in 27 starts this season.“This is obviously a hitter’s ballpark,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Coors Field Kosuke Fukudome Jersey , “but the swing-and-miss still plays here. Where the other ballpark (Cincinnati), to be able to put it on the ground, which Alex does, is a benefit.” Maybe a successful weekend against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the team that haunts them like no other, was exactly what the Milwaukee Brewers needed to jump-start their late-season stretch drive.Because how the Brewers play in their division the rest of the way is central to their chances of advancing to the postseason.So far, they beat no other team in the National League Central like they do the Cincinnati Reds, who open a three-game series against the Brewers on Tuesday night at Great American Ball Park. The Brewers are 9-4 against the Reds this season, the most wins they have against any division opponent.Article continues below ...Brewers right-hander Junior Guerra (6-8), facing the Reds for the second time in a row, opposes Reds right-hander Anthony DeSclafani (6-4) in the series opener.The Brewers, despite taking four of six from the Reds and Pirates last week at Miller Park, are in third place in the division, a half-game behind the second-place Cardinals, although they still hold a tenuous lead for the second of the two NL wild-card berths. The Cardinals currently hold the first.However http://www.chicagocubsteamshop.com/auth ... son-jersey , the Brewers own the second-worst record against NL Central opponents at 25-30; only the Reds, at 20-38, are worse.The Brewers play 21 of their remaining 30 games within the division, or six more than the Cardinals and five more than the division-leading Chicago Cubs.Obviously, the Brewers can’t afford to slip up against the Reds, who’ve been up at times but down for most of the season.Cincinnati started 3-15, righted itself by being one of the majors’ hottest teams for a month at midseason, but have lost 22 of 35 since the All-Star break, including five in a row.And the Reds will be coming off a four-game sweep by the Cubs at Wrigley Field, a series that reminded the Reds how well contending teams are capable of playing. The Reds hadn’t been swept in four games at Wrigley in 73 years.“If you play a really good team, and they play good, you’re going to have a tough series,” Reds interim manager Jim Riggleman said.Brewers manager Craig Counsell wouldn’t say his team played great while winning two of three weekend games from Pittsburgh, but it was far better than the Pirates’ five-game sweep of the Brewers at PNC Park immediately before the All-Star break. Milwaukee is 4-9 against Pittsburgh.“Winning series is going to lead to a lot of good things,” Counsell said. “We’ll take it. We got through it.”The Reds Ron Santo Jersey , despite being out of contention almost since their dreadful start, realize they can be a factor the rest of the way. Fifteen of their next 22 games are against contenders, including six games against the Brewers.“One thing we have to keep in mind is a lot of our games the rest of the season are very meaningful games,” right-hander Homer Bailey told reporters after the Reds lost 9-0 on Sunday to the Cubs. “Especially in our division. … They are going to be coming out and hunting us. Just from being in those positions before, those are the games you really need to win. You know that they are going to be coming after us.”The Brewers are 5-2 at Great American Ball Park this season, but they dropped their last two there on June 30 and July 1.Guerra didn’t figure in the decision as the Brewers lost 9-7 to the Reds at Miller Park last Tuesday despite allowing 10 hits and seven runs (two earned) in 5 1/3 innings.All four runs that Guerra allowed in the fourth inning were unearned, partly the result of a throwing error, a run-scoring passed ball and a line drive that should have been an out but instead struck an umpire. Three hits didn’t leave the infield.“It was one of the hardest innings of my career,” Guerra said. “I guess there’s always a first. I don’t really know what to say about that inning.”Guerra will start against the Reds for the fourth time this season. He was 1-0 with a 3.18 ERA in the first three and 2-1 with a 4.76 ERA against them in seven career appearances. Eugenio Suarez is 4-for-9 (.444) against him with one homer and two RBIs.DeSclafani is the Reds’ best pitcher during the second half of the season, going 2-1 with a 1.95 ERA in four August starts. But he lost his last start, giving up five runs (four earned) in six innings of a 7-1 loss to the Cubs on Thursday.DeSclafani didn’t get the decision during a 6-4 Reds loss to the Brewers on June 28, when he gave up four runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings. He is 2-2 with a 4.45 ERA in six career appearances against Milwaukee.

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